Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is praised and awarded for her engaging and expressive interpretation of baroque, classical and coloratura repertoire, and is much sought after by major opera houses and orchestras.
Recent operatic engagements include title role Cendrillon for Opéra de Lille, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Washington National Opera, and Nerone Agrippina in Antwerp, Lille, Dijon and Beaune. She has also sung Irene Tamerlano for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cherubino for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Minnesota Orchestra, Bradamante Orlando Furioso for Oper Frankfurt, Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, Annio La clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Lyon and the title role in Cavalli Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera.
Much in demand on the concert platform, last season she sang Cecilio in Anfossi’s Lucio Silla at Mozarteum Salzburg with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Bruckner Mass in F minor with Orchestre de Paris under Ingo Metzmacher, St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Tirinto Imeneo with the Academy of Ancient Music and an extensive tour of ‘Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie and Laurence Cummings. Previously she sang Davide Penitente at Festival de Saint-Denis, Dvorak Stabat Mater with DSO Berlin, St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic, Haydn Paukenmesse, Mozart Coronation Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Mozart Requiem at the BBC Proms, and appeared in Le Concert d’Astrée’s the 10th anniversary concert. In previous seasons she has also sung Alcina Orlando Furioso with Ensemble Matheus in Madrid, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Orchester Beethoven Bonn, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Pulcinella with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Mozart and Rossini arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Haydn The Creation with Northern Sinfonia, Angel Elijah with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Orchestre National de France, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Ensemble Matheus, and Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Les talens lyriques. She works with such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Kazushi Ono, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Louis Langreé, Fabio Biondi, John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Jérémie Rhorer, Emmauelle Haïm, Christophe Rousset, Carlo Rizzi, Jean-Christoph Spinosi, Laurence Cummings and Christian Curnyn.
An acclaimed recitalist, Pokupić works regularly with the internationally acclaimed Roger Vignoles. They have appeared together at the Wigmore Hall, The Frick Collection New York, Danube Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Petworth Festival, Bath Mozartfest, Delft Chamber Festival, and the Great Hall in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Their recent programmes have included works by Mahler, Tomášek, Brahms, Britten, Schumann and Faure. They also have plans recording songs by Václav Tomášek for Hyperion Records.
Highlights in 13/14 season include a welcoming return to Covent Garden as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and Siebel Faust, Dvorak songs with Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, Handel’s Joshua with Handel Festival Göttingen, Festival of Song on the Rhine with Roger Vignoles, Schubert Mass with Orchestre de Paris and Rossini with Scottish Chamber Orchestra.